Posted Jan 13, 2005 14:39 UTC (Thu) by ncm
Parent article: IBM's patent pledge
That RCU is not among the relaxed patents is telling. It must have been discussed at length. It appears they decided they don't want to risk having the BSDs' NUMA performance approach Linux, even if it meant they could sell more chips to Apple. With a bit of work, Apple could run Macosix on top of Linux instead of Darwin, or (with a lot less work) just run Linux on its server installations. Maybe IBM would like that batter. It shows that IBM still considers the OS market an arena for competition, and not wholly a commons.
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